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Northward expansion: Bosque Brewing opens Market Station Public House in Santa Fe

Bosque Brewing Co.’s Market Station Public House is now open at The Railyard in Santa Fe. (Courtesy of Bosque Brewing Co.)

The Railyard in Santa Fe has another great addition.

Bosque Brewing Co. has opened its Market Station Public House. It features 20 taps, with eight of its signature beers year round and five to eight rotating seasonals, including rotating hard seltzers. The venue opened quietly in mid-September.

“We have a lot of foot traffic in The Railyard area, so there was a lot of people who were coming by and checking on us every day,” said Jess Griego, chief experience officer. “… It’s been nice to get the Santa Fe crowd, the people that live in Santa Fe, and give them an opportunity to come first and just see the space and have beer.”

Griego pointed out Bosque’s master brewer John Bullard got his start at Blue Corn Brewery in Santa Fe and continues to have a following there.

“He has a lot of love up there,” she said. “It’s been nice to get to interact with Santa Fe on a more personal level rather than just through package sales and the feedback has been great. We’re just really excited to be part of the neighborhood.”

The Market Station Public House features seating areas inside and on its patio at a limited capacity as required by the state’s current health order.

“We’re doing draft beer sales at our tables in our taproom as well as on the patio,” Griego said. “We did extend the patio. It’s still not a lot of seating. Unfortunately, we’re kind of limited to space, but we do have about 10 tables outside and 10 tables inside.”

Reservations are encouraged due to the limited capacity.

“We do recommend reservations; that way, we can accommodate everyone that wants to come,” Griego said. “The reservations are nice, because, you know, I have a table at this time, I don’t have to wait in my car, I’m not standing outside, so that’s been really great for us as a way of having to keep everyone safe in this environment and making sure we’re at correct capacity and just being mindful of all the health mandates.”

Bosque had its eye on a space at The Railyard for about three years. It initially had planned to move into an upstairs space, which is now occupied by Opuntia Cafe. That plan fell through and Bosque worked with broker Luna Capital, which it has worked with in the past, to locate another property at The Railyard. The Santa Fe location is one of Bosque’s smaller spaces, at about 4,500 square feet.

“We decided to take the downstairs space,” Griego said. “… It’s a little bit smaller which is a better fit for us. This is about a year and half that this has been in the works. We got delayed by COVID, obviously. We were supposed to open at the beginning of March, and then, obviously, the shutdown delayed us about six months, but we were really looking forward to being in Santa Fe, and we really had our eye on moving there for quite sometime now so it’s just been a perfect fit for us.”

It has been a different venture from anything Bosque has done.

“It’s been interesting opening a business during a pandemic, but we had already signed a lease,” Griego said. “All the construction costs had been paid, so it’s kind of, just, the show must go on for us, and it’s kind of treading lightly and opening slowly and doing things much slower than we normally would. But we had the space and beer, so we wanted to generate as much revenue as possible during the current circumstances and then create more jobs. That’s always exciting for us to add jobs in New Mexico.”

Opening the taproom’s kitchen has also been pushed back.

“We didn’t want to overwhelm ourselves,” Griego said. “Obviously, opening during a pandemic is a little bit of a challenge, so we wanted to kind of start with beer. We do have a full kitchen, so we’re working right now on getting the food component of the taproom up and running as well soon.”

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